Age 94, of Lansing, passed away March 7, 2012. He was born December 17, 1917, in Brighton, MI, the son of Karl and Hellen Leitz. He was the oldest of seven children.
Louis had been a resident of Lansing since 1922. He married Leah Fischer on September 24, 1939, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansing, MI. He worked at Wohlert Corp. for 35 years, including 28 years as Sales Manager. He joined the Lansing Kiwanis Club in 1953, was President in 1963, Lt. Governor Division 16 in 1998-99, was Past President of the Lansing Sales and AD Club, and was a former member of the Automotive Advertising Council. He was a member of Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1922. He served as President, Chairman of the Board of Elders, Church Council, Stewardship Board, Chairman of the Centennial Finance Committee, Chairman of the Endowment Fund, Member of the WELS Mission Board for 28 years which established 52 Mission Churches, Charter member of the OWLS and helped establish the Board of Kingdom Workers, The Builders for Christ. He and his son Tom were Manufacturers representatives with Leitz Associates. He and his son Louie were owners of Heights Auto Parts since 1964.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Leah; son, Louie; daughter, Alice; and sisters, Mary and Jenny. He is survived by son, Thomas (Kathy); daughters, Carol (Roger Walker) and Joy Leitz; daughter-in-law, Jill Leitz; grandsons, Jay (Nickie) Leitz, Raymond (Denise) Kenger, Chad Kenger, Justin Kusterer, Craig (Heather) Morehouse, Scott (Amanda) Morehouse, Jason (Karla) Leitz; granddaughters, Katrina Kenger, Piper Leitz, Lisa (David DuFault) Leitz, Sherrie (Shawn) Johnson, Raymee (Scott) Johnson, Andrea (Seth) Dorn, Sarah (Mike Compagnoni) Leitz; 26 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Karl, David, Donald; and one sister, Joyce Guernsey.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2012, at Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, with the Rev. Paul J. Lindloff officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and 1 hour prior to the service time on Monday at the church. Memorial donations, in Louis’ memory, may be made to the Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or their Debt Retirement Fund.